Cardinal Tetra (As seen at National Aquarium), Fat AAA Grade

Cardinal Tetra (As seen at National Aquarium), Fat AAA Grade

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7 reviews for Cardinal Tetra (As seen at National Aquarium), Fat AAA Grade

    Cardinal Tetra (As seen at National Aquarium), Fat AAA Grade photo review
    Charles M., Lawrenceville, GA (Verified Customer) July 1, 2022
    July 18, 2022

    I ordered 100 of the cardinals love them in tank with small Discus

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    David C., Orinda, CA (Verified Customer) June 5, 2022
    June 26, 2022
    Cardinal tetra
    Purchased a combination of cardinal, neon, and green neon tetra. They add a splash of color which looks amazing as they have started to school togethe...More
    Purchased a combination of cardinal, neon, and green neon tetra. They add a splash of color which looks amazing as they have started to school together. Of the two cardinals purchased I only received one where the red goes all the way back from the head and extends all the way down to the tail. Size was a little small for Fat AAA grade relative to the Jumbo neon tetra shown beside it in the attached image. From Michael: David, the cardinals are seasonal. Since these are all wild-caught, we are at the mercy of the fish lords depending on the season.
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    Mary N., Sand Springs, OK (Verified Customer) June 15, 2022
    June 21, 2022
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    The cardinal tetras are a great addition to my tank. Unfortunately I ordered 6 and all were dead except one and he is doing great. I will definitely o...More
    The cardinal tetras are a great addition to my tank. Unfortunately I ordered 6 and all were dead except one and he is doing great. I will definitely order some more. From Michael: remind me next time, and I will make your loss whole. Unfortunately, due to the small size of these fish, they can be more fragile than other tankmates.
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    Thang N., Plano, TX (Verified Customer) January 16, 2022
    February 27, 2022
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    I received the package yesterday at 3:53 pm. Almost 4 hours later than their estimated 12pm delivery time. The fish bags were immediat...More
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    I received the package yesterday at 3:53 pm. Almost 4 hours later than their estimated 12pm delivery time. The fish bags were immediately temperature acclimated followed by a drip acclimation. Regarding the contents of the fish, I didn't received my order of the 4 Adolfo's Corydoras in the package and I didn't see any of the 5 large emperor Tetras. I did count 8 Gold Surinamese Tetra in that bag but I ordered only 6 so I guess I got two extras. The bag with the gold surinamese tetras was the bag with mass death as only two tetras in there were alive at the time. The bag with combined rummy and cardinal tetra had 3 deaths and the Bosmani Rainbow fish came in stressed with one laying upside down and subsequently died. The 3 Congo tetras were all females.


     


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    Bryan P., Prairie Du Sac, WI (Verified Customer) October 14, 2021
    October 18, 2021
    Great value for size vs cost
    Purchased (20) Large healthy Cardinal Tetras, Discus.com shipped extra in case of death during shipping.
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    Gregg Q., Little Rock, AK (Verified Customer) January 16, 2020
    January 28, 2020
    They arrived yesterday and thank you for asking and I will send you a picture.  I’m a little concerned I lost one?  But my niece, who has much better ...More

    They arrived yesterday and thank you for asking and I will send you a picture.  I’m a little concerned I lost one?  But my niece, who has much better eyes than myself, thinks it’s possibly a leaf caught in the filter.  But most are very deep blue; however, a couple’s bodies are somewhat translucent.  After this many tetras, additional substrate and plants - I think my tank will only be able to hold two discus (and I will have to pray to get lucky on getting a male and female).  My tank is a 46 gallon bow front with two hanging “Marineland Emperor 400 gallon” filters.  At one time I had three mature discus in it and they were a little crowded.  However, I did get fry several times, but the female always ate them once they were free swimming (heart breaking!). I am interested in two small discus (3 inches, thereabouts) and want some color and stripes, and a two small plecos - one with gold spots and one with white spots.  And I am open to any and all suggestions.  Thank you for checking on things and will send a picture directly.  Gregg

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    Tracey M., Charles Town, WV (Verified Customer) 06-17-2019
    June 25, 2019
    Beautiful cardinal tetras! Doing great and eagerly eating! Would definitely order again.
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Cardinal Nose tetras are very good indicator fish in an aquarium. Their colors tend to fade in colour and intensity as water conditions deteriorate, a sure sign that a water change is needed. Cardinal nose tetras favor pristine water conditions.

We are a supplier of Cardinal Tetras to the National Aquarium in Inner Harbor, Baltimore. Our Cardinals are some of the thickest and fattest you’ll ever see in the hobby.

Every fish we sell bears our gold seal that represents the Discus.com promise to our customers. When you make a purchase with us, you are entrusting our team with shipping you a collector grade specimen of unparalleled quality, beauty, size, and heft based on our judgement accrued over 25 years of experience. We guarantee the fish you receive will match the exact fish represented in our product photos. We are the gold standard of discus. Note: our discus are always measured from tip of nose to end of tail.

 

Category Rating
Care Level: Moderate, see our Learning Center for comprehensive care.
Temperament: Peaceful
Color Form: Huge variety available
Lifespan: 15-25 Years
Adult Size: 8-12 inches
Diet: Omnivorous
Family: Cichlidae
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Tank Set-Up: Bare-bottom, or Intermediate
Compatibility: Often compatible



Natural Habitat for Discus

Discus are found in floodplain lakes and flooded forests of the lowland Amazon River basin and some of its tributaries, including the Rio Negro.  These areas experience extreme changes in water level due to seasonal flooding.  Discus tend to congregate near fallen trees, known as “galhadas”, along the shore.  They prefer quiet water, and are rarely found in areas where there is strong current or wave action.

Discus Water Requirements

Discus prefer warm, soft, acidic water.  pH should be between 6.0 and 7.0, with hardness between 1° and 4° dKH (18 to 70 ppm).  Temperature should be kept between 82° and 89° F. Water conditions for both wild and hybrid discus are the same. While captive bred discus can be kept in dechlorinated tap water  reverse osmosis or deionized water supplemented will ensure the the best conditions. Discus require pristine water quality, and depending on the filtration system being used, a weekly or bi-weekly water change of 10% to 25% is highly recommended. Don’t forget to treat tap water with conditioner before refilling your aquarium!  

Housing Requirements for Discus

Discus grow to be quite large, and full sized discus will require an aquarium of 50 gallons or larger when they reach adult size.  Tall aquariums are best, to accommodate their body shape.  Current should be gentle, and décor if used at all should include large broadleaf plants and driftwood that is arranged vertically to simulate downed branches and trees.  A few floating plants can also be added to provide shaded areas and cover. Substrate should be fine to medium grade and smooth surfaced, as discus like to forage along the bottom for food.

Discus Behavior/Compatibility

Discus are generally calm, peaceful fish, but as cichlids they can be aggressive toward one another, especially when attempting to pair off and spawn.  Shy or submissive fish should be removed if they are unable to compete. Most serious hobbyists do not mix their discus with too many other species. However, suitable aquarium mates include cardinal tetras, neons, emperor and rummy nose tetras, as well as clown loaches and dwarf cichlids such as rams and Apistogramma species. All of these fish tolerate the high temperatures and low pH/hardness required by discus.  

What do Discus Eat?

In nature discus eat a considerable amount of plant material and detritus, but also forage along the bottom looking for worms and small crustaceans.  They are omnivores and will thrive on freeze dried black worms, beefheart, frozen blood worms, and a variety of pellet and flake food. Frozen and live foods may be fed as treats or to help induce spawning.  For best results, rotate their diet daily and feed only what they can consume in 2 to 3 minutes, once or twice a day.

Discus Breeding Level – Difficult

Captive bred discus will pair up and spawn relatively easily, but young, inexperienced parents may eat their eggs the first few times, particularly if other fish are present.  After hatching the young feed on heavy body mucus secreted by the parents for a few days until they begin to free-swim.  Parents will transfer the young back and forth several times a day.

Q: How are your stated fish measurements conducted?

A: All measurements are made from tip of nose to end of tail. Photographs are representative of the strain or variety, and not the exact specimens that will be shipped.

Q: How do I make a purchase?

A: Every discus you see on our website is available for immediate purchase and ready to be shipped to you. Click the “Add to Cart” button on your desired products, adjust your quantities, and follow the checkout instructions. We honor all special requests. Please allow a 2-day minimum handling period for discus.

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